Problems With Treadmill Training
For people that seeking weight loss and an improved physique, many turn to the simple and “effective” treadmill for their exercise.
Admittedly, a treadmill delivers a number of advantages when it comes to burning calories, boosting your metabolism, and providing you with a piece of machinery which builds some amount of athleticism and physical conditioning in a convenient setting.
The problem with the treadmill, however, is that it can often lead to severe strain on your ankles, knees and hips.
If you are not doing an extensive amount of stretching, yoga, or mobility training each day; a treadmill will wreak havoc on your body quickly!
A treadmill can be a useful device if it is used as a small part, or certain feature of your daily exercise routine, but too much use of it can easily take its toll on your body!
Our joints are capable of absorbing large amounts of pressure and exertion; the human body is built to take a certain level of punishment. However, the cartilage and ligaments that can be found in our joints are without-a-doubt prone to injury, especially when you stress them with regularly running on a treadmill.
Running on a treadmill many times a week puts your body at risk for a wide array of pain from conditions such osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis.
The biggest problem overall with running on a treadmill is that it’s very different from actually running outside, and it creates an unnatural movement for the body. Even when running outside, many people do not run with proper form at all. Adding in the constriction of the treadmill’s treads, people tend to alter their running movement substantially.
When put in this position, every additional step is causing pain to your hips, knees, ankles and lower back. By avoiding the movement causing this pain, your body will have far more potential to accomplish your goals in other ways.
How to Use Treadmill Effectively
Walking at a high incline, and low to moderate speed on a treadmill can accomplish many of your desired goals, without putting your body at a risk at all. Although you may not burn exactly the same amount of calories, the difference is really not that big.
Also, your body will feel more fresh regardless, enabling you to take on different tasks as well! Increasing the incline forces your muscles to work much more, and can rapidly increase your metabolism and the amount of calories that you are burning. Try this technique for utilizing the treadmill and allowing your body to build in a safer condition!
Keep some of these ideas in mind and remember that natural running is always much safer than running on a treadmill, for your body.